April 2022 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Project Updates

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A monthly snapshot of BPS's active land use planning, solid waste, climate, energy, and sustainability work going on throughout the City of Portland. Please see the project updates and websites below for more details, and to find contact information for the appropriate project staff.
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You can look at interactive maps, submit testimony during testimony periods, and read submitted testimony through the BPS Map App.

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COVID-19 Impacts

Please be aware that public meetings are being held virtually for public health and safety, so be sure to check the calendars on specific project pages for meeting updates and the latest information.

Anti-Displacement Action Plan

What: The Anti-Displacement Action Plan (ADAP) aims to increase the resiliency of the city and our communities to deal with racial and economic disparities that contribute to displacement.

Status: A cross-bureau team of City staff continues to work internally to develop tools that better align City bureau strategies and actions to combat displacement and produce more equitable outcomes for communities. Staff is also working with the Anti-Displacement Coalition to support development of a civic leadership curriculum and a series of public workshops. More information to follow in the coming months.

Next opportunity to engage: Community members interested in learning more about the project can sign up for project updates.

Climate and Health Standards for Existing Buildings

What: This project seeks to establish minimum climate and health standards for Portland’s existing apartments, condos and commercial buildings. Since 2018, BPS has collaborated with a community team, called the Build/Shift Collective, to elevate the voices and decision-making power of BIPOC communities in pursuit of climate justice. The result of our collaboration is a policy concept that focuses on reducing carbon emissions from existing buildings while improving rental housing to be healthier, more affordable, and resilient to future climate disasters (also known as the HEART Standards proposal). To refine the policy concept, BPS will engage a wide range of stakeholders in 2022.

Status: BPS staff and the Build/Shift Collective briefed the Planning and Sustainability Commission on January 25. Stakeholder engagement for the development of a City ordinance launched in February. BPS will convene two working groups in April and May: one focused on tenants, and the other on building management and ownership. After meeting with the working groups, BPS plans to release a draft ordinance for public comment.

Next opportunity to engage: The public comment opportunity will be determined after stakeholder engagement. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

What: The purpose of the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) is to analyze and forecast growth in Portland’s industrial and other business districts, then designate an adequate 20-year supply of developable land for businesses and jobs.

Status: In early April, BPS released an economic report detailing market trends for job growth in Portland. The report details economic growth and prosperity trends, local business specializations and competitiveness, as well as marine industrial forecasts and land needs.

Next opportunity to engage: Community members are invited to review the Trends Report and send comments by May 30 to eoa@portlandoregon.gov. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Code Project

What: The project seeks to expand zero-emission transportation options for individuals and households beyond what the market is doing today, specifically in multi-dwelling housing. The project will explore Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure requirements for new multi-dwelling, mixed use and commercial development. The EV Ready Code Project will help implement policy direction from the 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy through changes to the zoning code.

Status: A discussion draft and economic impact analysis report will be published in late April. Project staff is currently in coordination with the State’s EV rulemaking processes at both the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Buildings Code Division.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Ezone Map Correction Project

What: Correcting the location of environmental overlay zones (Ezones) to better align with rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, forests, steep slopes and wildlife habitat.

Status: On February 16, City Council held a hearing on the Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project. At the hearing, 48 individuals testified and many more submitted written comments. City Council announced that hearings on the Ezone Project will continue on April 14 at 2:00 pm. Proposed amendments will be posted on the Ezone Project website on April 6, before the April 14 hearing. While City Council hearings are ongoing, additional material is being added to the project page.

Next opportunity to engage: On April 14 at 2:00 pm, City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Ezones Project. Community members are encouraged to review proposed amendments and other project documents, and to submit testimony regarding the amendments. The City Council meeting agenda will be posted about a week before hearing. Testimony can be provided during the hearing by phone or video conference, but advance registration is required. The deadline to sign up to testify during the hearing is Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 pm. Testimony may also be submitted in writing before the start of the April 14 Council hearing. The written record is currently closed, but will reopen on April 6 when individuals can visit the Map App interactive tool and click the ‘Testify’ button to submit public comments. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Floodplain Resilience Plan

What: The plan updates floodplain regulations throughout the city to ensure that new development in the floodplain addresses flood risk from a changing climate, does not jeopardize threatened and endangered species, and allows Portlanders to continue to obtain federally-backed flood insurance.

Status: The public review period for the Discussion Draft ended on January 31. Staff are reviewing all the public comments received and will revise the draft plan over the next few months in preparation for the release of the Proposed Draft. Video of an online open house held on November 17 is available online.

Next opportunity to engage: Community members can view property-specific proposals on the project’s Map App interactive tool. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Project

What: Restricts the development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals. Zoning Code amendments were adopted by the Portland City Council on Dec. 14, 2016. That ordinance was appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court and went back to City Council.

Status: City Council voted to adopt the ordinance on December 18, 2019. The ordinance was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) by the Western States Petroleum Association, Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business and Industry, and Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council. In October 2020, LUBA remanded the case back to City Council for additional findings and policy interpretations. BPS is working to determine what additional evidence is needed to address these issues before returning to City Council for reconsideration.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently.

Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan

What: The Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan aims to address the historic lack of infrastructure investment in parts of Southeast and East Portland—including Brentwood-Darlington and portions of Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock and Lents—and seek community input to guide healthy community development.

Status: An existing conditions report, a market analysis report, an opportunity mapping analysis report, and a public involvement plan are available for review online. The Pin It, Portland online mapping tool recap is also now available. The materials from the last Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on February 28 were posted online.

Next opportunity to engage: An online open house event is being planned for later this spring. More details about the open house will be announced soon. The next PAC meeting is scheduled for April 25. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Montgomery Park to Hollywood Transit and Land Use Development Strategy (MP2H)

What: Exploring options for a successful land use and transit system, including potential streetcar linking Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland to the Hollywood Town Center in Northeast Portland. The project is a joint effort between BPS and PBOT. The project will assess land use and transportation issues and options, including affordable housing, economic development and business stabilization opportunities associated with potential transit investments, including possible extension of the Portland Streetcar.

Status: The project team has published a draft proposal for the NW Portland study area for public review. The MP2H-NW Plan Discussion Draft suggests a new long-range land use vision for the area near Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland, which could be served by an extension of the Portland Streetcar. The draft proposal presents an opportunity to create more affordable housing, more affordable commercial space, and other public benefits. The draft proposal is still available for public review, and the deadline to submit public comments is now April 22.

Next opportunity to engage: The public is invited to review and comment on the Discussion Draft proposal for the NW Portland study area through April 22. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Parkrose Community Plan

What: Historic Parkrose is leading work on the Parkrose Community Plan in partnership with BPS and other government and community partners to address topics such as safe streets, housing and displacement, access to jobs, community spaces, and emergency preparedness. This Plan is an opportunity for BPS to support plans that center traditionally harmed and sidelined communities, to advance a future of shared prosperity.

Status: Historic Parkrose launched the Parkrose Community Plan in May 2021 with a youth workshop, followed by adult workshops, an open house, and a series of community working group discussions focused on solutions and actions. BPS is supporting Historic Parkrose in this effort and has worked with the Parkrose community on actions to address community issues, such as housing stability and access to economic opportunity. The community’s recommended implementation actions have now been brought together into a draft community plan. The Draft Parkrose Community Plan is now available for public review, including plan summaries translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, Lao, Amharic, and Tigrinya.

Next opportunity to engage: Online open houses on the Draft Parkrose Community Plan are being held April 9 and April 14, when you can learn about what’s in the plan. To learn more, to register for one of the open houses, or to provide input, visit Historic Parkrose’s Community Plan webpage.

Residential Infill Project - Part 2 (RIP2)

What: Following up on the work of the Residential Infill Project (RIP1), which was adopted in August 2020, this project will extend the housing options of RIP1 to all single dwelling zones by adding middle housing types in the low density R10 and R20 zones. RIP2 will bring the City into compliance with the State of Oregon’s middle housing rules by adding provisions for cottage clusters and attached houses in all the single dwelling zones that were not included in RIP1. RIP2 will also bring the City into compliance with the State’s new middle housing land division rules by creating a new streamlined procedure for dividing the housing units onto their own lots.

Status: On February 8, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing on their proposed amendments to the RIP2 Proposed Draft and voted unanimously to recommend the amended proposal to City Council. This vote follows a series of earlier PSC work sessions, at which the PSC gave staff direction to prepare amendments covering seven topics. Of those amendments, five passed, including amendments to apply the wildfire hazard constraint only in the R10 and R20 zones, adding an allowance for detached duplex units, and more minor changes to development and site standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and cottage clusters.

The approved PSC amendments have been incorporated into the Recommended Draft to City Council, which is available on the project website. The Recommended Draft consists of three volumes: Volume 1 is the Staff Report and map amendments, Volume 2 includes the proposed code amendments, and Volume 3 includes additional reports and informational appendices. City Council has scheduled a public hearing on April 21 to accept public testimony on the Recommended Draft. Testimony may also be submitted through the project Map App interactive tool or by mail. A City Council vote on adoption of the RIP2 proposals is expected in May to meet the state-mandated June 30 adoption deadline.

Next opportunity to engage: City Council will hold a public hearing on the RIP2 Recommended Draft on April 21 starting at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be streamed live online. To testify at the hearing, you must register in advance by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19. You may also testify in writing either through the project Map App interactive tool, or by sending written testimony to the Council Clerk; Attn: RIP2 Testimony; 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 130; Portland, OR 97204. Testimony must be received before the close of the hearing on April 21. Those interested can always sign up for RIP2 email updates.

South Portland Area Planning

What: Working with PBOT and community members to develop land use, circulation and urban design plans around the Ross Island Bridgehead in South Portland, and featuring a Naito Main Street Plan. This effort is part of BPS’s Southwest Corridor Inclusive Communities Project.

Status: A racial equity analysis of the project led by BPS was completed in fall 2020, and a follow-up equitable development workshop was held virtually on July 28, 2021. Following the failure of Metro’s regional transportation funding measure in November 2020, PBOT is putting their transportation projects on hold related to the Ross Island Bridgehead realignment and Naito Main Street. BPS staff will include the public feedback received so far on the proposed equitable development concepts for the bridgehead opportunity sites, and the racial equity analysis goals in a draft land use plan to be completed in spring 2022.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently.

South Portland Historic District Design Guidelines

What: New approval criteria for alterations, additions and new construction in the South Portland Historic District.

Status: In spring 2022, a Proposed Draft of the updated historic district design guidelines is expected to be released, followed by a public hearing at the Historic Landmarks Commission.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently.

West Portland Town Center Plan

What: The West Portland Town Center (WPTC) Plan will lay out a vision for a healthy, connected, and multi-cultural town center and includes an action plan to meet the diverse needs of current and future residents and businesses.

Status: The Proposed Draft of the WPTC Plan is available for public review. Learn more in the online Proposed Draft Overview, the Map App interactive tool, or by watching the video of the August 10 staff briefing to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC held two hearings on September 14 and September 28 and all testimony can be viewed online. The PSC also held a series of meetings / work sessions on the proposed plan on October 26, November 9, November 30, January 11, February 8 and March 8. Meeting materials and recordings can be found under each date’s event page on the project website. The Design Commission voted on March 3 to recommend adoption of the WPTC Character Statement as amended to the City Council.

On April 12, the PSC continued its discussion of potential amendments to the WPTC Proposed Draft. Video and meeting materials for the work session, including the draft amendments to the plan, are available for review on the April 12 events page.

Next opportunity to engage: The public testimony period on the Proposed Draft is closed. A final PSC vote on a recommended version of the plan is tentatively expected on June 14. The City Council will then review the Recommended Draft and take public testimony (verbal and written) starting in Fall 2022. Those interested can always sign up for WPTC email updates.